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30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

30 Signs You’re Actually A Procrastinator

I’m a master procrastinator, a couch lover and a guy who has been nicknamed “the last minute man” (kids have batman and superman, why can’t I get a name?). Nobody can tell you more about procrastination than I.

Below I listed 30 habits of procrastinators. If you find yourself having more than seven then a procrastinator is who you are (and that’s not flattering, you gotta do something about it asap!).

1.You get up late

You try to be an all-nighter and you delay your important tasks to the early AMs. Finally you end the night with a series of “energizing naps” which stop when you suddenly realize that it’s already the next afternoon and you’re not finished.

    2.Everytime is your bed time

    Like I just stated, you don’t know when to sleep or when you wake up. So you simply sleep when you want to procrastinate. You don’t have a certain time to start working which makes it hard to get anything done.

      3.You are getting addictive

      Eating, drinking or nail biting calms you down for a while when you are nervous and stressed. But you just do it to get away from the boring to do list that you have on your shoulder.

        4.When it’s too hard, you give up

        You’re in love with new beginnings, a new movie to watch, or a new piece of cake to eat. You’re just so stressed that the only way to get out of it is to give up.

          5.You no longer trust yourself

          You never keep a promise, especially to yourself. You know that promises are stronger than you and that you can’t get out of it, so you just stop making them.

            6.You envy hard workers

            You admire how organized hard workers are. You really admire them and you want to be the same but deep inside you believe that you can’t That’s why the more you procrastinate the more you admire hard workers.

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              7.Your life is in a predictable loop

              Procrastination became a rooted habit and you can predict your day before it even begins. You know what you can and what you can’t and overcoming your habits is just impossible.

                8.The Last time you hit the gym was 2 decades ago

                With a bad sleeping habit and an addictive/bad eating behavior, getting fit is just a dream.

                You’re good at setting diet plans, but you never implement them.

                  9.Your friends always complain

                  You’re always late for an appointment, you simply don’t get along with the idea of being on time.

                    10.You are always in a hurry

                    Because to be early is boring as hell. And hard too.

                      11.You have a messy room/workplace 

                      You only clean when you have an even more boring task to do.

                        12.You are easily stressed

                        Someone with a messy life must get easily stressed, especially when the idea of not being able to get things done fast become a fundamental belief.

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                          13.You think “meditation” is a new shampoo

                          You’re so stressed that you can’t imagine life without it, relaxation is just an illusion.

                            14.Planning is something you can only find in Game Of Thrones

                            The number of the uncompleted plans you commit yourself to is bigger than the number of episodes of your favorite show. Planning is something that only happens in movies or in GOT.

                              15.And you’re waking up when it comes to deadlines

                              The inner voice only screams when you’re running out of time. You only take action when you’re threatened with a “Must do”.

                                16.Because it never seems to be late

                                You always have enough time. At least that’s what you keep telling yourself.

                                  17.And you’re one of Bill Gates’ favorites

                                  You’ve always find yourself in this quote:

                                  “I will always chose a lazy person to do a difficult job, because, he will find an easy way to do it” – Bill Gates

                                    18.You enjoy dreaming about the future

                                    When you don’t know how to motivate yourself to work, your day dreaming becomes an addiction.

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                                      19.It always seems very easy until you do it

                                      You see people making it and it looks easy but when you try it it’s not. This goes from a body transformation to a business plan. You’re easily excited but never get along with the hard work.

                                        20.The most boring tasks become sexy

                                        From grabbing something from supermarket to paying your phone bills, every boring task become enjoyable except the task you procrastinate. Remember your school days.

                                          21.While facebook is your best friend

                                          The place where all the fun begins, is where you check your “seven-years-haven’t-seen” friend’s status, and the never-ending notifications from people liking your latest post. You spend more time on facebook than the time you spend to get things done.

                                            22.As are excuses

                                            You simply believe you can’t, which is the biggest excuse someone can give.

                                              23.Your kitchen is where you grab motivation

                                              You simply can get your butt off to work and you hope food can do it for you. It’s just another excuse to keep away from what scares you or what makes you feel helpless.

                                                24.You have no weekends

                                                Because you don’t know when to rest, your nights and days are the same. Weekends are when you work and midweeks is when you rest. You’re far from being organized.

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                                                  25.Waking up from “why are you late?” phone calls happens too often

                                                  How many times has your boss called you up for being late and you were sleeping? You know better.

                                                    26.You become a Pepsi man

                                                    Except for Redbull, coffee and tea.

                                                      27.When you love full hours

                                                      You’re in love with full hours. When it’s 7.51 you promise you’ll start at 8.00 and when it’s 8.32 you set the alarm for 9.00.

                                                        28.You’re a “desktop games” fan

                                                        Spider solitaire, Sodoku, bubble shooter, and Packman, all are on your phone or laptop. They’re your work buddies.

                                                          29.If you have a single wish, it is to have more self-discipline.

                                                          You really believe in that.

                                                            30.You are the best at giving advice you never listen to

                                                            You tell people what to do, because you’re a master of research for better ways to get things done, but you never tried them yourself.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Matt Gibson via flickr.com

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                                                              Last Updated on October 22, 2019

                                                              How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

                                                              How to Focus and Concentrate Better to Boost Productivity

                                                              We live in a world of massive distraction. No matter where you are today, there is always going to be distractions. Your colleagues talking about their latest date, notification messages popping up on your screens, and not just your mobile phone screens. And even if you try to find a quiet place, there will always be someone with a mobile device that is beeping and chirping.

                                                              With all these distractions, it is incredibly difficult to concentrate on anything for very long. Something will distract you and that means you will find it very difficult to focus on anything.

                                                              So how to focus and concentrate better? How to focus better and produce work that lifts us and takes us closer towards achieving our outcomes?

                                                              1. Get Used to Turning off Your Devices

                                                              Yes, I know this one is hard for most people. We believe our devices are so vital to our lives that the thought of turning them off makes us feel insecure. The reality is they are not so vital and the world is not going to end within the next thirty minutes.

                                                              So turn them off. Your battery will thank you for it. More importantly though is when you are free from your mobile distraction addiction, you will begin to concentrate more on what needs to get done.

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                                                              You do not need to do this for very long. You could set a thirty-minute time frame for being completely mobile free. Let’s say you have an important piece of work to complete by lunchtime today. Turn off your mobile device between 10 am and 11 am and see what happens.

                                                              If you have never done this before, you will feel very uncomfortable at first. Your brain will be fighting you. It will be telling you all sorts of horror stories such as a meteorite is about to hit earth, or your boss is very angry and is trying to contact you. None of these things is true, but your brain is going to fight you. Prepare yourself for the fight.

                                                              Over time, as you do this more frequently, you will soon begin to find your brain fights you less and less. When you do turn on your device after your period of focused work and discover that the world did not end, you have not lost an important customer and all you have are a few email newsletters, a confirmation of an online order you made earlier and a text message from your mum asking you to call about dinner this weekend, you will start to feel more comfortable turning things off.

                                                              2. Create a Playlist in Your Favourite Music Streaming App

                                                              Many of us listen to music using some form of music streaming service, and it is very easy to create our own playlists of songs. This means we can create playlists for specific purposes.

                                                              Many years ago, when I was just starting to drive, there was a trend selling driving compilation tapes and CDs. The songs on these tapes and CDs were uplifting driving music songs. Songs such as C W McCall’s Convoy theme and the Allman Brothers Band’s, Jessica. They were great songs to drive to and helped to keep us awake and focused while we were driving.

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                                                              Today, we can create playlists to help us to focus on our work. Choose non-vocal music that has a low tempo. Music from artists such as Ben Böhmer, Ilan Bluestone or Andrew Bayer has the perfect tempo.

                                                              Whenever you want to go into deep, focused work, listen to that playlist. What happens is your brain soon associates when you listen to the playlist you created with focused work and it’s time to concentrate on what it is you want to do.

                                                              3. Have a Place to Go to When You Need to Concentrate

                                                              If you eat, surf online and read at your desk, you will find your desk a very distracting place to do your work. One way to get your brain to understand it is focused work time is, to use the same place each time for just focused work.

                                                              This could be a quiet place in your office, or it could be a special coffee shop you use specifically for focused work. Again, what you are doing is associating an environment with focus.

                                                              Just as with having a playlist to listen to when you want to concentrate, having a physical place that accomplishes the same thing will also put you in the right frame of mind to be more focused.

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                                                              When you do find the right place to do your focused work, then only do focused work there. Never surf, never do any online shopping. Just do your work and then leave. You want to be training your brain to associate focused work with that environment and nothing else.

                                                              If you need to make a phone call, respond to an email or message, then go outside and do it. From now on, this place is your special working place and that is all you use it for.

                                                              Every morning, I do fifteens minutes of meditation. Each time, I sit down to do my meditation, I use the same music playlist and the same place. As soon as I put my earphones in and sit down in this place, my mind immediately knows it is meditation time and I become relaxed and focused almost immediately. I have trained my brain over a few months to associate a sound and a place with relaxed, thoughtful meditation. It works.

                                                              4. Get up and Move

                                                              We humans have a limited attention span. How long you can stay focused for depends on your own personal makeup. It can range from between twenty minutes to around two hours. With practice, you can stay focused for longer, but it takes time and it takes a lot of practice.

                                                              When you do find yourself being unable to concentrate any longer, get up from where you are and move. Go for a walk, move around and get some air. Do something completely different from what you were doing when you were concentrating.

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                                                              If you were writing a report in front of a screen, get away from your screens and look out the window and appreciate the view. Take a walk in the local park, or just walk around your office. You need to give your brain completely different stimuli.

                                                              Your brain is like a muscle. There is only so much it can do before it fatigues. If you are doing some focused work in Photoshop and then switch to surfing the internet, you are not giving your brain any rest. You are still using many of the same parts of your brain.

                                                              It’s like doing fifty pushups and then immediately trying to do bench presses. Although you are doing a different exercise, you are still exercising your chest. What you need to be doing to build up superior levels of concentrated focus is, in a sense, do fifty pushups and then a session of squats. Now you are exercising your chest and then your legs. Two completely different exercises.

                                                              Do the same with your brain. Do focused visual work and then do some form of movement with a different type of work. Focused visual work followed by a discussion with a colleague about another unrelated piece of work, for example.

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              It is not difficult to train your brain to become better at concentrating and focusing, but you do need to exercise deliberate practice. You need to develop the intention to focus and be very strict with yourself.

                                                              Set time aside in your calendar and make sure you tell your colleagues that you will be ‘off the grid’ for a couple of hours. With practice and a little time, you will soon find yourself being able to resist temptations and focus better.

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